Guwahati, Jun 17: Assam continued to reel under severe flood situation on Sunday. A total of four lakh people in six districts have been affected till now. In last 24 hours, five more persons were killed, taking the toll to nine.Also Read - India's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises at Alarming Rate; 4529 Fatalities in 24 Hours, Cases Below 3 Lakhs

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials, in a report in IANS have been quoted as saying, that a total of 4,48,495 persons in 673 villages of Hojai, Cachar, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj, and West Karbi Anglong were severely affected, while surging river waters have also affected crop areas in Nagaon and Morigaon districts. Also Read - Coronavirus Spike: India Logs Highest Single-day Caseload of Over 2.6 Lakh Infections

“Five persons (one each from Karimganj and Hailakandi and three from Cachar) have lost their lives on Sunday in the flood taking the total death toll to nine in the first wave of flood this year,” an ASDMA official said, adding that embankment breaches have also been reported in six places in Hojai. Also Read - China Gives Nod To Building Downstream Dam Projects On Brahmaputra River For First Time

“In Karimganj, natural embankment breach has occurred at three points in Longai river and also two more such incidents has been reported by Executive Engineer, Water Resource Division, Karimganj, where public has cut out the embankment themselves,” he added.

While the Brahmaputra river is flowing above danger level at Neamatighat (Jorhat), Dhansiri river is flowing above danger level at Numaligarh in Golaghat.

Similarly, Jia Bharali is flowing above danger level at Sonitpur followed by Kopili at Nagaon, Barak river (Cachar) and Badarpurghat (Karimganj), and Kushiyara river is flowing above danger level at Karimganj.

The National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force teams have been engaged into service in the flood-affected areas for search and rescue operation. “Today 6,153 persons were rescued in from Karimganj district, Hailakandi, and Cachar by SDRF and NDRF personnel,” the official said.

A total of 235 camps are operational in Karimganj, Hailakandi, Karbi Anglong (west), Hojai and Cachar with 1,73,245 taking shelter in them as of Sunday. As many as 246 Relief Distribution Centres are also operational in Hojai, Cachar and Karimganj.

(Inputs from Agencies)